KMS Christmas Shopping at Divisoria

Today I am sharing my first Christmas shopping experience at Divisoria. I went there two weeks ago together with my MIL and my BIL, Kuya Francis. Actually, this was an impromptu trip and I don’t usually go to Divi during peak season because I know that the place is really crowded most especially during this Christmas season. Surprisingly, it’s not as crowded as I thought when we braved the shopping capital of the Philippines, Divisoria. Maybe because we went there during weekdays? I don’t know. It’s kinda weird but I was really surprised and happy because it was my first time to go Christmas shopping at Divi. We went there during lunch time and the place was surprisingly not crowded (as it should be) and the traffic was still tolerable.

I am not just sure if the situation these coming days are still the same because Christmas is fast approaching and Filipino loves cramming, right? Nevertheless, you still have time to go Christmas shopping coz there’s still 10 more days to go before Christmas.

Alright, so let’s move on now with my Christmas loots from Divi and I hope you get some Christmas shopping idea from it. I know you’ve been all waiting for this so here it is! 🙂

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Christmas Cards for less than Php20 petot

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Cyler’s Charlie and the Numbers Birthday Party: Lootbags and Prizes

So here’s my third post for Cyler’s birthday party. First is the theme then the candy buffet and now the lootbags and prizes. Cyler’s lootbags are specially made because we couldn’t find any ready made loot bags out there that fit the party’s theme. I searched various websites and forum and I found Pixie Pen Graphics Online shop. I realized that being an internet savvy is a big help, really. Pixie Pen offers personalized party favors like personalized loot bags, invitation, ballpen, note pad, bagtag, photo magnet, birthday standee, etc. Not to mention they sell it in cheaper price, perfect for frugalicious Mommy like me. What I like about them is that they are really easy to talk to and very accommodating. They were able to deal with my OC-ness and kaartehan, yes I’m very maarte when it comes to details. I ordered 40pcs large PERSONALIZED LOOT BAG, it costs Php30/ea only. They have different loot bags sizes Small – 3.5″ (W) x 6″ (H) – P25.00 each and Large – 9″ (W) x 5.75″ (H) – P30.00 each. We corresponded via email and text. I was hesitant at first to contact her but I gave it a shot and so I emailed her about the theme to which she responded very quick! Their store is located at Marikina. I deposited my payment through BDO then my Mom picked up the loot bags at SM Marikina since my Mom lives at Antipolo. I pay additional Php50 for their transpo fare.

The Lootbags

The Loots

For boys

For girls

We bought most of the loots at Divisoria. The coloring books was DIY also. Hubby did the layout of the characters and my CIL, Jus did the cover layout. What went inside? Well, we have coloring books, crayons,silly-sticky- hands, pick-up sticks, ruler with sharpener and assorted candies from S&R. For the girls, I added two pony tails. Of course di pwedeng mawala ang ka-kikayan. Thanks to my BIL, Kuya Francis and my CIL, Sharmaine for helping me packed all the lootbags. Oh, I really enjoyed packing the lootbags! 🙂

The Prizes

We also bought the prizes goodies at Divisoria. As much as possible ayoko talagang tipirin yung prizes of course nag effort yung mga winners sa games diba? The prizes contains two toys and we also added some biscuits. Most of the toys are mind game toys because I really love fun learning toys for the kids. I also bought the prizes paper bags at Divisoria for Php10.oo/each only. The party host told me to prepare 20 prizes but we prepared 21 prizes.

I am so happy because the kids were surprised and very happy to their prizes and lootbags. You may check out the loots prices here.

P.S. I’ll be posting more of the party details tomorrow(promise!) because I need to go now. Hope these details will help you! 🙂

Pixie Pen Contact Info:

Tel No:(02) 668- 9253
Mobile No: 0949-6831214;0915-2946069;0922-8704838
Email: pixie_pen@yahoo.com
Like them on facebook: Pixiepen

Charlie and the Numbers Themed Birthday Party

Hi everyone, finally here’s my special post for Cyler’s first birthday party! Six months ago, we started planning for our little boy’s first birthday party. I have seen so many birthday parties but I’d never try to plan any. It was my first time to organize a birthday party(yes it is!)  and this was a big challenge for me and my husband, Cj. As much as possible we want the party to be simple but of course special for it’s our son’s first birthday and we want the guests to have fun and enjoy too.

The first thing we had to think about it was the THEME, of course. Everything starts in the theme. We had a  couple of criteria for the theme: (1) should be  Cyler’s TOP favorite (2) must be unique (3) it should be silly and at the same time fun (4) simple but rock. And the perfect theme that goes to our mind was… CHARLIE and the NUMBERS! Charlie and the Numbers is a program from BabyTV , a television channel for infants, toddlers, and their parents which cover all early learning skill and developmental milestones for toddlers. We are fans of Charlie and the numbers and I have mentioned in my previous blog post that Cyler go loco when he watches this cartoon. Cyler was literally hypnotize once he started watching this cartoon, with his eyes wide open without blinking. So, I guess we meet all the criteria and this is the perfect theme for our little boy’s first birthday party! And so, it has been decided that we’re gonna having a Magical Numbers Birthday party for Cyler!

Welcome to the Magical Numbers Birthday Party!

Venue: Shakey’s Quezon Ave

Party Details and DIYs

On the other hand, thing about the theme is that it is not common in the Philippines. It’s not even familiar to anyone here, only two(including us) out of ten Filipinos are familiar with the theme. Charlie and the numbers is available at Destiny and Sky cable only, but you can also visit BabyTv site and download the iPhone App of this. Anyhoo, back to my topic, I browse various websites and forums but I couldn’t find that theme. Geez! The only thing that we saw about Charlie and the Numbers theme was a birthday cake(oh at least..meron). Whew! So, here comes the biggest challenge still we went for it. Armed with our bright ideas and creative juices, my OC-ness and OA-ness began. I got so many party ideas from various websites like Hostess with the Mostess, Oh happy Day and Smart Parenting magazine. I want the theme to be consistent in everything from the little to big details. And of course, it should be budget wise as well. And the most important thing to me, it has to be memorable, fun, and happy not only to us but to every guests who will attend the party. Fast forward to June 2012, we had a Magical Numbers Birthday party for Cyler.

Meet the Birthday Boy! 🙂

I didn’t require the guests to wear any costume at all because I want all the kids especially the babies  to feel comfy on their attire. I’d make sure that all our guests will go home with a happy face and full tummy. I didn’t worry about Cyler anymore because he is used to crowded environment. The birthday celebrant was taking a nap when the party started but his Lolo forced him to get up and so he started to felt uneasy and a bit clingy when he woke up. Although he didn’t cry, actually he rarely cry and when he do it’s for the strangest reason. The very talkative and cheerful Cyler was missing at that time, but it was totally understandable.

Moving forward, good thing after a few minutes he was in a good condition again and he allowed everyone to carry him over and over, that’s why I kept on finding him the entire time. We didn’t had the chance to take more pictures because I was insanely busy entertaining our guests and Cyler was always missing in action. The guests kept on coming from time to time.  Cyler was busy minding his own business and  just thumb-sucking the entire time, you will noticed that in most of his photos. Thumb sucking makes him feel so comfy, that’s why we allow him to do it. Cyler was so curious by the different people who carry him and the different surroundings, so he had his signature “Curious Frown” look the whole time.

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Less than 100 guest confirmed but on the day of the event almost 150++ guests showed up! BOOM! Box office diba?! But it’s totally fine, the more the merrier! And it feels so overwhelming cause all our relatives and friends were all there and became part of that very special day. Again, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who came and became part of the most awaited day of our son. We appreciate all your time and effort.

Overall, the party went well and was great. I am very happy with the good feedback’s that I received from our guests. The party host did a great job too, they are indeed hilarious!  All our guest went home with gas pain due to over…. laughing. Yikes! The party host was able to kept the party alive which I liked the most. Four thumbs up for that, including my foot thumb! Teehee! They really did job well done.  🙂

Our vendors did a great job as well because they we’re able to meet all my expectations, actually it’s beyond my expectations. The suppliers doesn’t  have any idea about the theme but they gave so much time and effort researching for it. Hats off to all our suppliers! You really made this Magical Numbers Birthday party impossible and a wonderful thing to do! Btw, if you want to ask anything about the party details, supplier names, contacts and other stuff, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possible.

Special thanks to our dear friend, Lhei and his hubby Hansel for the awesome tarpulin, my CIL, Ate Gigi for the sweet treats in the candy buffet, my, CIL Jus for all the design layout, my sister, Isang and CIL, Sharmaine for helping us doing all the DIYs, to my BIL, Kuya Francis for helping me conceptualizing the whole party and of course to my husband, Cj for his undying support for I won’t be able to do this without his help . Again, many thanks to all our family and friends for being part of this special day of our son, Cyler. We really appreciate it, thank you so much!  🙂

Btw, here’s the run through of our suppliers. I’ll make a reviews about them on my next post, so watch out for that!

Venue: Shakey’s Quezon Avenue

Cake and Cuppies : Sweet Creations by Mums

Balloon Decor : JD Party Shop

Loot Bags: Pixie Pen

Party Host: Leny’s Party Needs & General Merchandise

Photo Coverage: Jam Masalonga

DIYs and other Details: Divisoria, National Book Store

Sweets: S&R, SM Supermarket

Goodies from Divisoria is Love

Going to Divi (as Divisoria is fondly called) is always an experience, and not only because it’s a great place to spend your hard-earned-money. Divi has all the things that you need and you can get it for the cheapest/lowest price evaaah! You can still haggle to get a great discount, just make sure you know how to deal with the tinderas. It’s the perfect place for all shopingera’s out there coz nothing beats shopping there!

Anyhoo, last February hubby and I braved Divisoria. Our main target was to buy some stuff for Cyler’s 1st birthday. It was only a 20mins ride from our house so mga 2 tumbling at 1 kembot lang andun na kami. Good thing my hubby is familiar to the place, I’ve been there a number of times pero naliligaw pa rin ako. Ang dami naman kasing pasikot-sikot diba, nakalaloka! Plus I don’t have the sense of direction pa, so, what gonna happen to me diba?! Waley na! Anyhoo, we went straight to Divisoria Mall because there are lots of Toy shops there.

I just found out that there is really a toy haven inside Divi Mall.

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Parang gusto kong pakyawin lahat!!

“Pili lang Ati, Koya”. can be heard in the most stores. I must say, there is no dull moment in Divi. Everybody has they’re own business.

Anyway, here are the loots that I bought for Cyler’s birthday party:

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Rubix Cubes 120pesos/pack

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Balls 100pesos/pack

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Snake and Ladder 10pesos/each

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Bingo 4 Line Up 10pesos/each

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Pick-up-sticks 70/pack

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Ponytail 55/pack

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Ruler with sharpener 55/pack

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Silly-sticky-hand 55/pack

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Mind game toys- 120/pack

Oh boy, look at these toys and the prices! Oh-My-Gulay! I’m gonna die! Chos! This is the perfect place for a kuripot na shopaholic like me!

Btw, here are the two things that I considered in buying toys: (1) should be Educational (2) should be colorful and silly fun learning toys. And I guess we achieved our goals. As in achieve na achieve! PAK!

Btw, here are the things that we bought for Cyler:

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Wooden puzzle – 70pesos

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Wooden Blocks – 210pesos

More educational and eco-friendly toys for Cyler. These is the cheapest version of Boikido (sana tumagal, diba?! Hihi)

And last but never the least

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Colorful Puzzle Mats – 4pcs/160pesos
More space for Cyler. 🙂

It was a great shopping bonding for me and my hubby. I didn’t buy anything for myself,akalain ninyo yun?! Di ko din akalain eh! THAT is first time in the Philippine history! I sweeaarr! A shopingera like me can’t leave the mall or a place like Divi without buying anything for myself. I guess that’s how motherhood taught me, it’s always family first and forget about myself or my own desire.

Actually, we wanted to buy more stuff at that time but then hindi na namin kayang buhatin lahat sa dami ng nabili namin. We didn’t bring our car, so no choice. Hindi na kaya ng powers namin magbuhat pa.Tapos umiiyak na ung mga kili-kili namin sa init. Kamusta naman, diba?! 🙂

Btw, I have a favorite shop at 168 Mall madalas kong puntahan yun before whenever I’m in Divi. The name of the store is Juana, they also have a branch in Greenhills. Sayang hindi ako nakadaan. Next time I will surely go there and i’ll share about that to all of you.

I guess, that’s it pansit!

P.S. Wala pa ring tatalo sa Divisoria!
I shall return Divisoria! Bwuhahahaha!